• DAY 265: THE SAN MIGUEL SIGN ON DOG-MEAT RESTAURANT IS REPLACED BY COKE ADVERT

    Jun 17 2013
    The Comiles restaurant in Baguio where I was served dog meat has taken down their San Miguel sign (because of our pressure) but replaced it with a coke sign. Coca-cola...are you happy about this?

    The Comiles restaurant in Baguio where I was served dog meat has taken down their San Miguel sign (because of our pressure) but replaced it with a coke sign. Coca-cola…are you happy about this?

    What a weird thing. 

    After thousands of people bombarding San Miguel’s facebook page (thank you thank you!)  the San Miguel sign was finally taken down from the Baguio dog-meat restaurant (hoorah!)…only to replaced with one advertising Coca Cola.

    This is both good and bad.

    Good because it shows that our opinion can make a difference. But bad because San Miguel have yet to come out with an official statement denouncing the dog-meat situation in the Philippines. Remember, San Miguel are not a spanish company but a huge Filipino organisation and it really isn’t hard for them to make a statement that might do a huge amount of good. We shall continue to press.

    And what about Coke?

    Well, its clear that Coke didn’t go and put this sign up. But I’m also sure they won’t want to be associated wiht a dog-meat restaurant.

    Right?

    Network for Animals and I will be chasing them. Watch this space.

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  • DAY 199: DEAR SAN MIGUEL.. I LIKE YOUR BEER BUT DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE SPONSORING A DOG MEAT RESTAURANT

    Apr 15 2013

    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OFFICE OF SAN MIGUEL

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    Dear San Miguel,

    Your beer is very nice – with a touch of spice –  but I wondered if you know that are sponsoring the sign on a restaurant in the Philippines that sells illegal dog meat?

    Your brand is more spicy than I thought.

    On the 15th March 2013 some friends and I visited an eatery in Baguio, Philippines, that had a large San Miguel sign on the front of it, see the photo below.

    The 'Comiles' restaurant in Baguio

    The ‘Comiles’ restaurant in Baguio that offered us dog meat

    When we sat down we were immediately offered a choice of meals which included  ‘Pulutan’. We had a Filippino man with us who confirmed that this was ‘dog meat’ and we also made a video recording of the waitress offering the food. Shortly afterwards we watched someone eat some dog and took the below photos.

    Dog meat served at the same restaurant.

    Dog meat served at the same restaurant.

    As you may be aware, the selling of dog meat in restaurants for general consumption is illegal in the Philippines. The dog meat industry is as such unregulated and involves a huge amount of cruelty and suffering. If you want evidence for this I’d be happy to provide it.

    I hope to hear your reply within seven days (22nd April) or I will assume – as will the readers on my blog at www.yeartohelp.com  (where I have posted this message as well as on facebook) – that you won’t take action and that San Miguel is willing to be associated with the illegal and cruel dog-meat trade.

    Yours, in anticipation,

    Martin Usborne

     

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